We build software for social good. Here are the solutions that Benetech has brought to scale.
Bookshare is the world’s largest library of ebooks for people that read differently. The collection has over half a million titles and empowers hundreds of thousands of people who cannot read traditional books due to disabilities like blindness, low vision, and dyslexia. Readers can listen to books, see and hear words as they are highlighted, read in braille or large font, and customize their reading experience in ways that work for them. To date, Bookshare has delivered over 15 million ebooks to people with disabilities in 80 countries.
Martus is an open source software application that empowers human rights defenders to safely document violations and achieve justice. It allows users to securely gather and organize information about human rights violations, encrypts information automatically, and copies it to a network of secure servers around the world. The system is designed so that only the user who created it—not even Benetech—is given access to the encrypted data. In threatening situations, users can delete all Martus data on their computer (along with the Martus program itself). Since the data is backed up, users can retrieve their information when and where it is safe to do so. Martus is used in over 50 countries.
Miradi is an open source, adaptive project management tool for conservationists. It allows nature conservation practitioners to design, manage, monitor, and learn from their projects to more effectively meet their conservation goals. It has become the platform of choice for large conservation organizations, local and regional groups, researchers, nonprofit, for-profit, and governmental organizations and is used in more than 170 countries. In 2014, Benetech celebrated a milestone by exiting Miradi and turning ongoing management and maintenance over to the conservation community.